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    Hi all :)

    I am currently a Network Manager at a large high school in Kings Lynn, Norfolk and I am looking to get a pay rise. Basically my pay is lower than
    it should be and was wondering if anyone could help me on this?

    I am after job descriptions and pay details to compare mine to so I can take it to Management.

    My description is here: http://www.chrisn.it/NetworkManager.pdf
    and my pay is about £18,700 non pro-rata. (52 weeks).

    The Job Description is a little out of date, we now have 600 computers and I have 2 technicians under me rather than the one.

    Remember I am not in a City! I am in an average sized town.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

    Thanks,
    Chris N.

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    I would look for at least SO1 scale and preferably SO2!


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    Wes: Yeah thats what I hope Thanks for your reply!

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    Well they can't say much I'm in walsall and that the going rate there. If walsall can pay it so can your school.


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    Re: To: Network Managers

    You may want to rewrite the job description to include more detail. For a network manager it's a bit basic as it stands.

    As Wes says, SO1/SO2 should be the norm - enhancing the Job Description would help your case.

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    18 grand?

    I'm on about 14k a year here, the higher end of the scale for me is 16k, saying that, theres a job review in april around the whole county council, to make sure we're not underpayed...

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    By virtue of you having management responsibilities and therefore SENIOR to the techs, you should be on a SO scale. And thats even without adjusting anything else on there.

    Questions to prompt you:
    Are you responsible for any problems with DNS / DHCP
    Do you have responsibility for implementing security via GPO's
    Do you have responsibility for budgets?

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    Hi Lee,

    Yup I have responsibilities for everything you listed plus a lot more.
    I am going to take alan's advice today and get my job description updated.

    The Deputy head here is declined to even give me a single raise. I don't think he realises how much work we have to do.

    Any extra help from anyone will be greatly appreciated.

    Take care, Chris.

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    Hi Chris,

    Which one you at KES?

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    Re: To: Network Managers

    Any pay rises should go before governors, SO1 / SO2 is definitley what you should be getting. What is your line manager like? I had a very supportive one when I last went in for a rise.
    See who you can get on your side, the ones that see how busy you must be; I have nowhere near 600 PC's and me and my tekkie are busy all the time.

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    Chris,
    Firstly you should ask for a pay review as your role has changed significantly, failing that your best bet from a Union/legal point of view is to find a female who does a 'broadly similar job' - management responsibility in the same local authority (the same employe) and claim under the equal pay act. I will get further advise from a Union friend about the details.

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    Re: To: Network Managers

    This brings up an interesting point really - the wildly differing wages for similar people in similar roles throughout the country.

    It may be worth getting a souding of who is doing what, what responsibility, and how much they're getting to try to compare/contrast and use as leverage

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    I do all of that minus line management and I'm on £17.5k

    Samson> I think it might be a wales thing.

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    Chris I am quite sure you will be subject to the new council pay reform thats currently happing so any change you get agreed may be wiped out when it kicks in.

    All i know is all LEA schools are going to have all there grades redone in this reform from the information i have gained so far from other places its not looking good, But i will wait and see.

    I am also on a crapy wage for the responsibilities i hold but when i tryed to get it changed i got told as we have a out side company to support you you dont have as much responsibilities to worry about.

    But im the person onsite that takes the flak when stuff goes wrong.

    Good luck Chris i hope you get what you want.

    Sorry Lee

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    Re: To: Network Managers

    It states in your Post Description that you are responsible to the Systems Manager, do you have a Systems Manager? If not, ask either the heads PA or HR at your local LEA for a description of the Systems Managers role. You may find that your role resembles more closely that of the Systems Manager's than of an IT Manager, here in Dorset the ICT Systems Managers are on a higher scale, typically starting £27K.

    But each Head can move the scale if you don't have experience or qualifications. You are within you right to have a rep with you, especially if the head wants to get a rep from HR down. Join a Union and get some advice, there's probably three union rep's at your school.

    Good Luck.

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